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Anton Diaz

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Awesome CRU Steakhouse Anniversary! @ManilaMarriott

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We love good steaks, which are culinary staples in any milestone celebration with your special someone. We've been to most of the steakhouses in Manila, and we decided to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary with our all-time favorite.

CRU is the award-winning steakhouse of Marriott Hotel Manila located in Newport City. We were pleasantly surprised by how Cru was able to maintain its steakhouse charm and continue to reinvent the steakhouse experience.

Here are some tips for celebrating your milestones at CRU Steakhouse this 2018… 

 

CRU Steakhouse
Ground Floor, Marriott Hotel Manila, 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay City, Manila
Operational Hours:
Sunday to Thursday, 6:00pm-10:30pm
Friday and Saturday, 6:00pm-11:30pm
Telephone: +632 988-9990 local 8109
Website: Cru Steakhouse

(Dress Code: Strictly Smart Casual. No shorts for men, no flip-flops)

Related Blog Post: Wifey's Birthday in the Best Steakhouse in Town

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The Toyo Difference! (A Review)

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People often ask me which unique Filipino restaurants in Manila I bet would get a Michelin Star by 2020, and Toyo Eatery would always be at the top of my list.

Toyo by Chef Jordy Navarra is an avant-garde Filipino restaurant concept rooted in the values of sustainability and Filipino pride. I had one of my favorite dinners during the holiday season right here.

Here's what to expect from the Toyo experience…

 

TOYO EATERY
The Alley at Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
Operating Hours
: Tuesdays to Saturdays dinner only 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM 
Reservations: +63 917 720-8630
Email: may@toyoeatery.com
Facebook: Toyo Eatery
Instagram: @toyoeatery

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10 Best New Homegrown Restaurants in Manila 2017

Have you tried the 10 Most Awesome NEW Homegrown Restaurants that opened in Manila 2017?

1. SOUV

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SOUV! is a progressive Greek concept focusing on spit fired meat by Chef Robby Goco and the hip restaurant cousin of Cyma. The name is short for Souvlaki referring to grilled skewered meats in Greek cuisine.

Chef Robby Goco did it again! He creates winning restaurant concepts like Cyma, Ristras, Charlie's, Green Pastures and now Souv! for over a decade now in Manila.

Read More: SOUV! by Cyma with Chef Robby Goco's Culinary Magic!

Verdict

Overall, I'm impressed that Chef Robby Goco was able to create concepts for the new generation of diners with a deep understanding of what they look for. I like how he synergizes what he learned from the Cyma and Green Pastures menu. 

I would recommend the following:
Mezze: Greek NachosClams & Spinach Fonduta, Sticky Chicken Wings, and Strapatsada.
Salad: Cranberry Grains Salad
Lunch: Lamb with a side of
 Clam saffron avgolemono soup
Pasta:  Greek Tuna Roe and Seafood Yiouvetsi to share.
Mains: Angus Beef Short RibLavraki and Meat Platter to share.
Drinks: Vineyard Lemonade (Red or Retsina) and Santorini Donkey
DessertEVOO & Sea Salt and the Pistachio Rice Pudding (off menu item)

Budget about P600/head. The pricing is about the same with Cyma but I like the food better.

Best to go with a group so that you can try a little bit of each. Don't forget to reserve.

Congratulations to Chef Robby Goco and the Cyma team!

 

SOUV! BY CYMA
Net Park, 5th Ave, BGC, Taguig
Facebook: @SOUVbyCyma
Instagram: @souvbycyma
Mobile
: +63 949 481-9621
Operating Hours: 10.00 am to 10.00 pm

 

2. DR. WINE

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DR. WINE, one of the best wine bars in the Metro today, recently opened their private dining area called The 3rd Floor

It was awesome experiencing their inaugural wine dinner, with a vintage Pelissero Barbaresco, and the winemaker himself in attendance.

Read More: DR. WINE Manila: The 3rd Floor Inaugural Wine Dinner!

Verdict

The Third Floor is open for private dining reservations at P25,000 during weekdays and P50,000 consumable during weekends. The communal table with bench sitting can comfortably seat 15 diners, but the whole place can accommodate more with people standing or sitting in the sala area.

You can bring your own music or enjoy the sounds from the vinyl player. You can also bring your own chef or cook your own food from the open kitchen. Just note that it actually is on the third floor with a steep staircase. 

It should be a great place to celebrate your private parties this Christmas season, or your birthdays or other milestones with close friends and family.

Congratulations to Dr. Wine and the launch of The Third Floor concept!

 

DR. WINE THE THIRD FLOOR
3rd Floor, 5921 Algier Street Poblacion
Facebook: @dr.winemanila
Instagram: @dr.winemanila
Telephone: +632 751 8915
Opening Hours: 5:00PM – 12:00AM

For The 3rd Floor reservations, please call +63 917 887 4426

 

3. ZUBUCHON

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ZUBUCHON is the Cebu-based Lechon Restaurant by Joel Binamira of Market Manila specializing in what Anthony Bourdain described as the "Best Pig… Ever!" The name is a coined word from "Zubu", the 18th century reference to the island of Cebu, and "Chon" from lechon, which means roasted pig.

The restaurant concept is inspired by native dishes dating back to the time when Magellan Landed in Cebu in 1521. Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan's Chronicler, mentioned the Filipino food during that time, which includes black pig, grilled seafood, millet and rice cakes, coconut in the form of water, milk, vinegar, and liquor.

Read More: ZUBUCHON MAKATI: The Best Lechon Restaurant in Manila!? (A Review)

Verdict

We love Zubuchon! This is the Best Lechon Restaurant to open Manila this 2017!

I like how they are committed to a No MSG philosophy, support Backyard-raised pigs, and serve dishes that are deliciously affordable at less than P300/dish. I also like how Joel created this as a social enterprise to provide employment, where the employees are stockholders, and making a lot of money isn't a priority. 

Make sure to order the Baked Scallops, Dinuguan, Ensaladang Talong or Kamatis, Spicy Zubuchon, Kamias Shake, and the Dessert Sampler of Biko, Budbud Kabog, and Mango. Budget about P500/head

Best to eat here as a group so that you can taste as many dishes as possible. Vegetarians and Seafood lovers are also guaranteed to enjoy this lechon restaurant.

Congratulations to Joel and the whole Zubuchon team for successfully bringing Zubuchon to Manila!

 

ZUBUCHON
Yakal corner Talisay St. , Makati City
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm
Website: http://www.zubuchon.com/
Facebook: Zubuchon
Instagram: @zubuchon

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LA PIAZZA: Your Next Italian Romantic Date with an Awesome View of The Fountain @OkadaManila!

Read first: 10 Best New Homegrown Restaurants in Manila 2017

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LA PIAZZA is an Italian trattoria and ristorante serving Italy's best-kept fine dining secrets, with an awesome view of the Okada fountain.

It's a great place to experience what Okada is all about in terms of its dining philosophy.  You can also witness the world's biggest multi-color dancing fountain here, before heading off to party at the Cove Manila.

Here are some tips and recommendations on how to plan your romantic La Piazza date…

 

LA PIAZZA RISTORANTE ITALIANO
Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City Parañaque City, Philippines.
Operating Hours:
Lunch (Sat to Sun) 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Dinner (Mon to Sun) 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Telephone: +632 555-5799
Email: RestaurantReservation@okadamanila.com
Website: http://www.okadamanila.com/la-piazza

Read More: COVE MANILA: Southeast Asia's Biggest Beach Club & Nightclub! @OkadaManila

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KAZUNORI: Is it worth eating Japanese with a view of Mazda?! (A Review)

Read first: 10 Best New Homegrown Restaurants in Manila 2017

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KAZUNORI is a 3-in-1 Japanese Restaurant concept — Kazu Cafe, Sushi Bar and Fine Japanese Restaurant specializing in seafood sushi and sashimi. It is located inside the Mazda showroom, along the slowly gentrifying area of Pasong Tamo Extension. 

The restaurant is named after the chef himself and was conceptualized by Ryan Cruz and Elbert Cuenca of Yushoken and Mendokoro Ramen fame.

We previously visited Kazu Cafe with our friend Lui from Australia, when it just opened to a lot of hype. We recently tried it again with our boys and here's what we think about it…

 

KAZUNORI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
2301 Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati
Telephone: +632 989 3152
Operating Hours
Kazu Cafe: Open daily 11.00am to 11.00pm
Japanese Restaurant: Monday-Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm and 6:30pm to 11:00pm
Facebook: @kazunorijapanese

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Hong Kong: Family Fun in the Outlying Islands of HK! (Travel Guide)

Read First: Hong Kong: Family Fun in the City! (Travel Guide)

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Did you know there is another side of Hong Kong besides its busy cityscape? When visiting Hong Kong, make sure to visit the Outlying Islands of Hong Kong for the hiking trails and their awesome scenery, a preview of the laid-back side of Hong Kong life, and for general great outdoor fun.

Apart from the best well-known Lantau Island where the Hong Kong Disneyland is situated at, there’re other outlying islands which can be experienced by day trip and very convenient.

Our boys loved the family hiking trail in Lamma, exploring the mountains and the fishing village of Tai O in Lantau Island. Make sure to have an extra time to explore the UNESCO Global Geopark of Hong Kong.

Here are the four experiences we highly recommend on your next trip to Hong Kong with your family (and how to get there easily):

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Tendon Kohaku: Eating Tempura in Manila will never be the same after this

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Tendon Kohaku is a specialty tempura rice bowl concept that started the recent craze in Singapore with over hour-long queues.

Tendon, of course, is the concatenated word from Tenpura (tempura) and Donburi (rice bowl dish) referring to different tempura served over rice in a bowl, while Kohaku means "amber" in Japanese, which is representative of the color of the tempura (crispy golden exterior + our amber colored sauce).

The concept was founded by Japanese restaurant group Kings Know Inc. with presence in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and now in Manila. The Philippine franchise is by the UCC group of Hubert Young, responsible for the successful opening of Coco Ichibanya Curry and Mitsuyado Sei-men Tsukumen in Manila.

Eating tempura in Manila will never be the same after you've tried this!

 

TENDON KOHAKU MANILA
3/F Uptown Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Operating Hours
Sunday-Thursdays: 11.00 AM – 10.00 PM, Friday – Saturday: 11.00 AM – 11.00 PM
Facebook: @tendonkohaku
Telephone: +632 838-2476

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TSUTA RAMEN MANILA: Is it better than Ramen Nagi or Ippudo?

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The first Michelin-starred Ramen in Tokyo by Master Chef Onishi Yuki has finally opened its doors in the Philippines!

Tsuta originated from Chef Yuki’s ancestral family name and from the strong belief that Ramen is the “noodles of which Japan can boast to the world.” He actually prefers to use the term Soba, which literally means “Japanese Noodles,” instead of Ramen, which is from the Chinese word Lamian (拉麵 noodles). This does not refer to our common understanding of soba as the fat buckwheat noodles.

Some Filipinos think it’s already too late for Tsuta’s entry into the Ramen Game in Manila. While this may be true for ho-hum quality ramen, it’s never too late for high-quality ones like Tsuta, as proven by its successful launch in mature ramen markets like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

So, is Tsuta better than Ramen Nagi or Ippudo? Read on to find out.

TSUTA MANILA
UG/F C3 Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:30 AM until supplies last.
Facebook: Tsuta Philippines
Instagram: @TsutaPhilippines

Related blog post: TSUTA: The First Michelin Star Ramen that totally deserves it.

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@Planetyze: Family Fun Hostel Experience in Tokyo!
#Accommodations, #Travel, International

@Planetyze: Family Fun Hostel Experience in Tokyo!

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I was hesitant at first to try Planetyze hostel because it was our first time to stay in a hostel with our four boys when traveling.

It was one of our most memorable and fun stays we had in Tokyo because of how Planetyze redefined the hostel experience for the family.

Here’s a photo essay of our experience and why you should stay here on your next trip to Tokyo:

 

PLANETYZE HOSTEL
2-24-9 Higashi-Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Telephone: +81 3-5829-4554
Email: front@planetyzehostel.com
Twitter: @planetyze
Instagram@planetyzehostel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Planetyze-Hostel-Cafe-Bar
Website: http://planetyzehostel.com

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